The Best Football Players Ever

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List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.
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  1. 1
    + 8,776
    - 3,361

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Wide receiver

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  2. 2
    + 7,290
    - 2,701


    Running back

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  3. 3
    + 7,083
    - 2,241


    Running back

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  4. 4
    + 7,600
    - 3,101


    Quarterback

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  5. 5
    + 5,232
    - 2,379


    Linebacker

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  6. 6
    + 4,642
    - 2,343


    Running back, Fullback

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  7. 7
    + 4,027
    - 1,719


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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  8. 8
    + 4,757
    - 1,832


    Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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  9. 9
    + 5,719
    - 4,135

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  10. 10
    + 4,059
    - 1,965


    Linebacker

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  11. 11
    + 3,983
    - 1,771


    Running back

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  12. 12
    + 3,899
    - 2,199


    Quarterback

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  13. 13
    + 5,990
    - 4,262

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  14. 14
    + 3,879
    - 1,849


    Quarterback

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  15. 15
    + 3,757
    - 1,790


    Quarterback

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  16. 16
    + 3,428
    - 1,513


    Wide receiver

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  17. 17
    + 3,631
    - 903

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  18. 18
    + 3,062
    - 1,173


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  19. 19
    + 2,942
    - 1,228


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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  20. 20
    + 3,036
    - 1,505


    Linebacker, Center

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  21. 21
    + 3,021
    - 1,393


    Quarterback

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  22. 22
    + 2,672
    - 1,597

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  23. 23
    + 2,205
    - 1,131


    Running back

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  24. 24
    + 2,834
    - 966

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

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  25. 25
    + 2,330
    - 1,033


    Running back

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  26. 26
    + 2,138
    - 837


    Wide receiver

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  27. 27
    + 2,580
    - 1,359


    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 2,089
    - 1,328


    Tight end

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  29. 29
    + 1,725
    - 840


    Running back

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  30. 30
    + 2,111
    - 1,204


    Quarterback

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  31. 31
    + 1,795
    - 1,037


    Linebacker

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  32. 32
    + 1,695
    - 1,008

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  33. 33
    + 1,400
    - 511

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  34. 34
    + 1,419
    - 454

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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  35. 35
    + 1,646
    - 943


    Quarterback

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  36. 36
    + 1,422
    - 524

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  37. 37
    + 1,571
    - 763


    ;
  38. 38
    + 1,839
    - 1,006


    Quarterback

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  39. 39
    + 2,075
    - 1,026


    Quarterback

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  40. 40
    + 1,777
    - 939


    Running back

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  41. 41
    + 1,430
    - 899


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  42. 42
    + 1,595
    - 992


    Running back, Return specialist

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  43. 43
    + 1,443
    - 789


    Free Safety

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  44. 44
    + 1,633
    - 1,103

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  45. 45
    + 1,394
    - 575

    ranked low on reranks
    Strong Safety

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  46. 46
    + 1,770
    - 1,105


    Quarterback

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  47. 47
    + 1,510
    - 799


    Tight end

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  48. 48
    + 862
    - 272

    ranked low on reranks & added by coolmiles
    Tight end

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  49. 49
    + 1,204
    - 808

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cornerback

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  50. 50
    + 1,812
    - 979


    Quarterback

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